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  1. says:

    I think I give it 2.5 stars.
    I'm not quite sure about this. I liked it because it was what I needed at the time. Something light and not complicated and silly.

    It was like a teen slasher movie with magic, and less dead bodies. But it was so full of cliches and something the writing made me cringe.
    I like the main character and I definitely liked the magic in the book. It wasn't too paranormal, just rituals and spells and lots of faith in the magical. Plus, premonition dreams.
    So that was fun

    Two things though.

    1) Why is it that, often (but not always), in young adult fiction, especially aimed at teenage girls, the best fiend(s) are never really good friends. They're always cliche or mean or petty or any other thing that is annoying and that leaves you wondering why the protagonist is their friend to begin with. I haven't read a lot a really strong friendships in young adult books. Especially between girls.
    And in this book, every single friend that the protagonist had, ended up being annoying, inconsiderate, cold, jealous, mean, or just plain incompatible.
    My world for a string friendship between two teenage girls where they don't argue about silly things and especially about boys.

    2) Boys and love interest. Why do they always have to have one? It's like writers and publishers don't think teenage girls can get interested in a book if there isn't some kind of love story going on.
    Oh, don't get me wrong. I love love stories, and I think that when it's well done, it just enriches the story you are telling, especially if the story is not mainly a love story to begin with. But to make teenage girl characters constantly obsessed with getting a boyfriend, or talking about boys all the time, when your story is not a love story is quite annoying and distract from the story.

    In this book, I couldn't have cared less about Stacey's feelings for Chad. And her torment, because he was her best friend's ex, who she still thought she loved. And, cue drama, that brings nothing to the main plot line. And Chad didn't seem that much of a catch to begin with.

    So yeah, 3 stars for the magic in this book. Two for the rest. Because, even though a whole bunch of things annoyed me, I still wanted to keep reding to see how it ended.

  2. says:

    After having sat through 312 pages of Stacey's humiliation and her being betrayed by yet another supposed best friend (BY THE WAY, why do the best friends in these books CONSTANTLY betray the main characters?? Who are these (fictional) people who find the shittiest person to befriend. I mean, fuck. I could turn into a werewolf and my best friend would never betray me, just be like, Dude, find me a hot werewolf guy. It rages me that these characters are constantly forced to rely on themselves and blah fucking blah.Now where was I...) I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE to sit through the rest of the series.

    I'm sure shitty best friend will spend the rest of the series trying to make it up to the witchy main character for being a waste of literary space. And I'll roll my eyes and say, Yeah right, whatever bitch. and the book will start talking back to me and it'll just get ugly and I'd rather not burn any books. It's against my non-religion.

    This was just as disappointing as Evermore and we don't need to go there. You know what I mean.

  3. says:

    I did not like this book very much and I am really surprised the book has avg rating of 4.21 (which is what drove me to read the book in the first place). The book isn't entirely bad though. It is action-packed and has an interesting, yet creepy plot. With that said, I felt like the author placed a greater emphasis on the plot, rather than the characters. I couldn't relate to any of them at all, and felt like many of them didn't have distinct personalities. That bothered me greatly. I won't recommend this book to anyone in particular, unless someone is looking for a quick-read to keep them entertained for an hour or two. The novel is fine, actually, but it's not like Harry Potter or Twilight. I can't get really into it.

    Here come the **spoilers**: This book is about a girl/witch named Stacy Brown. She has weird nightmares about her best friend and current roommate, Drea. They seem to foreshadow Drea's death. In these dreams, lilies are all always present; lilies also happen to be the flower that represent death. Stacy becomes really worried because she has had dreams like this in the past, and the last time she didn't act upon them. The result was the death of a little girl named Maura. Stacy isn't sure if she is misinterpreting her nightmares, so she uses card-reading to verify her visions. They all seem to indicate the same thing: Chad, Drea's ex-boyfriend is going to schedule something like date, then cancel on her, Drea is going to get mysterious packages and Drea is going to die soon. To make things even worse, Drea is getting calls from a mysterious guy, and she refuses to tell Stacy who he is.

    A few days later, Drea gets a package and Stacy becomes paranoid. Stacy doesn't want to tell Drea what her visions indicate, but after these odd phone calls, and the mysterious package, Stacy decides it's about time to tell her the truth. Stacy also tells Amber who is another friend of theirs. Drea doesn't take Stacy's warning seriously. The next day, Drea receives an odd message about Drea having only four more days. Along with the message is four lilies. Drea and Stacy are convinced that the number of lilies represent the number of days Drea has to live. However, despite this, Drea continues to talk to the mysterious guy on the phone, and she admits to Stacy and Amber that she has no idea who he is. Amber completely flips out, and advises her not to talk to him again.

    Stacy takes it upon herself to solve this mystery, and begins to get threatening messages. A mean girl named Veronica starts telling everyone that she is being stalked too, and has been sentenced to die the same day Drea has; however, Stacy feels that there is more to that story and Veronica is not telling the truth. All of a sudden, Veronica is murdered, which forces the police to get involved. Meanwhile, Stacy has problems with her relationship with Chad. She likes him, and she's pretty sure he likes her, but he was Drea's ex-boyfriend. Drea also gets annoyed with Stacy when she spends time with Chad, and that results in a major fight between Stacy and Drea. On top of all this, Stacy is having nightmares about Chad being the threating person/stalker. The day Veronica dies, Drea hyperventilates and is taken to the hospital. She is released later that night, but she never makes it back to her room.

    Stacy becomes worried and alerts the police but they aren't too concerned; in their eyes, Veronica's death is the main the problem. Stacy goes searching for Drea, and relies on her visions and her instinct to find her. She goes to a forest (after calling the police and letting them know), and finds Donnovan, a guy who has had a crush/obsession on Drea since third grade, there. Stacy cuts her foot, and Donnovan tells her to stay put while he goes and looks around for some help (apparently his cell phone had no connection). At first she trusts him, but the she questions why he is even here in the first place. That makes her suspicious so she continues her search for Drea. Donnovan gets mad and tells her that she wouldn't want to see what happened to her.

    Stacy finds Drea in the fetal position all tied up in a shed-like place. The two of them try to escape from Donnovan while he threatens them with a knife. When it almost seems like Stacy is going to die, the police appear on the scene just in time. Donnovan is arrested and taken away, while Drea and Stacy are taken back to the various locations to be questioned by different people.

    In the end, it turns out that Donnovan was the one who was threatening Drea from the beginning. Donnovan has been obsessed with Drea since third-grade, but she didn't like him back in that sense. Donnovan thought that if he could lure Drea away from Chad and her friends, and spend sometime with her, she would possibly love him. Veronica realized that Drea was getting a lot attention through this problem, and decided to fake the idea of being stalked too. She decided that she would leave town the day of the murder, and when she came back Drea would be gone, as in dead. With Drea out of the way, she could have Chad to herself. However, Donnovan got upset with Veronica and decided that he had to do something about her. So, as he tells the court, he accidentally killed her. The court decides that Donnovan is not mentally straight, and he is sent to juvenile-jail for five years. They also require some counseling sessions for Donnovan.

    Meanwhile, Drea decides to leave campus and go back home to study for a year. She needs time to get over this ordeal. Also, she thanks Stacy for not bailing out on her, even though she was extremely rude to Stacy. Lastly, she gives permission to Stacy to date Chad.

  4. says:

    I read these books ages ago and only just remembered about them, dying to re-read them all now - will review as soon as I can get my hands on a copy!

  5. says:

    Stacy starts having nightmares about her friend Drea being kidnapped. She knows that they mean something because this has happened to her before. In the past she ignored them and lost someone she loved because of it. This time Stacy plans on preventing the murder. There were a couple things in this book that struck me as false; it doesn't seem to take place now, it has kind of a mid 90s feel, which is weird. It seems unbelievable that only one student at this wealthy prep school has a cell phone. Also everyone is catty and bitchy, it seems as though no one is nice to each other, even best friends. I am not saying people have to be nice to each other all the time, but best friends usually have boundaries they wont cross with each other and that doesn't seem to exist here.

  6. says:

    Melodramatic Reviews

    **spoiler alert**
    This book was a nightmare! I was seriously tempted for one star.

    A young adult witchcraft book that tries too hard to be adult, in my opinion.

    Stacey is a woe is me character, whose friends suck. With friends like these, her enemies in the book don't seem so bad anymore! One of them humiliates her in front of her crush out of jealousy. Wow. Not to mention, Stacey's oh-so-wet-dream worthy love interest, was completely unmemorable. So forgettable in fact, that I can't remember his name! Chad? Chase? Conrad? I immediately placed who the villain was and found myself wanting to scream at how dim witted the characters were. I mean this guy screamed creepy!

    Stupidity hurts...

    I'll give the book kudos for accuracy in their flower language, and the fact that someone actually dies in this book!

    These, ladies and gentlemen, were it's only good points.

    Now. The whole story revolved around a stalker, and the fact that Stacey was having prophetic nightmares. Nightmares that made her wet her bed, but not out of fear! No, no, just because during the dream she had this strong urge to piss herself and couldn't seem to wake herself out of the dream in order to use the toilet like a grown up. Weird and weirder. So we try to grasp the fact that Stacey is trying to hide her bed wetting for nearly the entire book.

    To sum it up, this book was blah. Blah, blah, blah. So blah, I'm not even going to bother reading the other 3 books or the damn graphic novel.

  7. says:

    It was such an amazing novel that I really did not want to put it down because I wanted to keep on reading to the end to find out who the stalker was.

    Stacey is a wicca who has been having a bed-wetting problem ever since she began to have nightmares about someone trying to kill her best friend and dorm roommate, Drea. When someone starts prank calling their room and leaving creepy notes to Drea, Stacey knows all too well that her dreams are a premonition for a murder...Drea's murder. She, Drea, and all her friends must now try to figure out who the stalker is before someone comes and take Drea away before it is too late.

    I really found all the characters to be quite different and very well written. I felt bad for Stacey's little problem because it kept happening because of those nightmares. I will say that I kinda guessed who the stalker/killer was early on but I wasn't completely sure and I was so intrigued to get to the end to figure out of I was right or not...not alot of mystery books have done that for me.

    I would definitly recommend this book and series to anyone.

  8. says:

    The spirit of dreams is everlasting, I whisper. It lives within my mind.

    Light and easy. This one was just okay. I liked the Wicca/Pagan type slant to the story. Stacey was interesting with all her spells and rituals. But(view spoiler)[ I found the bed-wetting part of the story unnecessary......and she doesn't seem all that worried about! I would be scared to sleep, setting alarms to get up all night long to go to the bathroom and go before bed....but she doesn't seem to do any of that (hide spoiler)]

  9. says:

    From my blog, The Writer Diaries.

    I didn't like this book. At all. I found myself skipping through paragraphs of description, mostly the spells, cause it felt like a big info dump. You use playing cards because...... insert lengthy reason why. You use oil because...... another lengthy reason why. I feel like I know more about calming oils and protection spells than I do the characters.

    Stacy starts having nightmares about something terrible happening to her friend Drea. She knows that they mean something because this has happened to her before with a child she babysat, Maura. This time Stacy plans on preventing Drea's death.

    And here I was rooting for Drea to die. She is the worst kind of itch with a heavy case of B. She's a horrible, arrogant friend who believes 'whats mine is mine' including people. She even tells Stacy's crush that she wets her bed - we'll address this little problem later - all because she walked in their dorm and found them sleeping. Fully clothed. A parent would get angry. Your best friend should not, especially since she isn't dating that guy anymore. But alas, Drea thinks he and every other guy in school, belong to her. Honestly, I don't know why Stacy tried so hard to be her friend. I wouldn't want anything to do with her with how she treats people.

    I kept getting the vibe this was set in the 90s, what with all the payphones, and a mention of a walkman. It seems unbelievable that only one student at this wealthy prep school has a cell phone, so I'm going to guess it was 90s.

    Oh, and Stacy is a bedwetter. There's nothing wrong with it, but did the author really have to address it every. single. scene? I couldn't go two pages without Stacy peeing all over herself. Honey, get that checked out. It was explained in the book, but the author doing it over and over again for a total of 9 million times in the book is overdone. I read more about peeing than a plot.

    And character development! Ha! I knew the first time they introduced Donovan he would be the one. His obsession made it obvious. There wasn't any doubt in my mind. No suspense. No characterization. Nada.

    Did I mention that I was rooting for the killer to kill everyone? Because they are all horrible characters.

    On Amazon, it DID say it was for ages 7-10. I'll leave this to the middle schoolers. Once upon a time I enjoyed books regardless of what they lacked.

  10. says:

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    Stacey is a junior at a boarding school, a witch, and has been having nightmares about one of her best friends. In these nightmares, it is undeniable that Drea, her friend, is in trouble, and she soon worries that these dreams may come true when strange gifts and phone calls start arriving.

    Stacey uses the magic that her grandmother taught her with hopes to reveal who is behind all of this. But will she be able to unravel the messages in time?

    So the first thing I'll say is that this book is rather short, but the length works for the story. I was worried that it might be too short and that the ending could be rushed, but it was paced well and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

    When I started this book I was expecting more of a paranormal or supernatural mystery, but instead what I got was more of a contemporary story with religious or realistic magic. Stacey wasn't the kind of witch who can summon lightning from her fingertips, rather she uses candle magic and reads cards for divination.

    I really liked this aspect of the story. Most of the witch or magic books that I come across, especially in the young adult genre or range, are more mystical and based in the witches and warlocks of fairy tales and movies. I was surprised to find that the character actually practice Wicca, because I rarely find Pagans or Neo-Pagans in YA books!

    The mystery itself, of who was targeting Drea, was suspenseful and interesting but to be honest, it didn't feel very original. I was also somewhat disappointed with the ending and who turned out to be the culprit. Their motive didn't make much sense to me, it seemed slightly over the top for the situation. I thought the villain seemed kind of stupid, actually, for thinking that they could get what they wanted through scaring Drea? I can't say much else with spoiling it.

    Between this book and Deadly Little Secret, I can say that I definitely enjoy the writing of Laurie Faria Stolarz. I will be looking for her books in the future, however, I won't be absolutely rushing to get the sequels. I feel like while I like her books, I'm not absolutely blown away.

    I recommend this book to people who want to read a more realistic or diverse portrayal of magic! If you want a YA mystery, you may enjoy this one.

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Blue Is for Nightmares I know your secretStacey's junior year at boarding school isn't easy She's not the most popular girl at school, or the smartest, or the prettiest She's got a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, and an even darker secret that threatens to ruin her friendships for good And now she's having nightmares again Not just any nightmares – these dreams are too real to ignore, like she did three years ago The last time she ignored them, a little girl died This time they're about Drea, her best friend who's become the target of one seriously psycho stalker It started with weird emails and freaky phone calls Now someone's leaving Drea white lilies – the same death lilies that have been showing up in Stacey's dreams Everybody thinks it's just a twisted gameuntil another girl at school is brutally murdered There are no witnesses Worst of all, no one has a perfect alibi With everyone as a potential suspect, Stacey turns to the one secret weapon she can trust – the folk magic taught to her by her grandmother Will Stacey's magic be strong enough to expose the true killer, or will the killer make her darkest nightmares come true?In this Deluxe Spellbook Edition you'll find:Spells created by You and other keepers of secretspoems, spells and meditations contributed by fans of this popular series Extras also include an interview with the author

  • Paperback
  • 284 pages
  • Blue Is for Nightmares
  • Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • English
  • 10 November 2018
  • 9780738703916

About the Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz

Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.Stolarz found sales success with he